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    Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Wueizman Leal, 41, after he allegedly shot and killed his 59-year-old mother Friday evening during an argument at a home near Winter Garden, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies were called shortly after 8:45 p.m. to a fight at a home on Bridgewater Crossings Boulevard near Ficquette and Winter Garden Vineland roads, Orange County Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said. When deputies arrived at the home, they heard people arguing followed by gunfire, Tejada-Monforte said. Investigators said they apprehended Leal while he was trying to leave the home. His mother, Tania Perez Creek , was shot multiple times, deputies said. She was taken to Florida Hospital Winter Garden where she later died from her injuries, deputies said. The man's stepfather was also at the home when the woman was shot, Tejada-Monforte said. The shooting remains under investigation.
  • Nearly a year after the drowning death of a Brevard County man, the State Attorneys office announced  Friday, there will be no criminal charges against a group of teens who mocked the man and recorded his death. Jamel Dunn, 31, of Cocoa, died in July 2017. Dunn’s body was found in a pond at Bracco Pond Park days after he had died.  Four teenagers and one adult were initially charged weeks after Dunn's death with failure to report a death. Cocoa Police acknowledged at the time that it would be difficult to make the charges stick because the Florida statute had never been applied in a similar instance.  A Florida state legislator later created a good Samaritan bill that would have made it a crime not to render aid to someone in need, but it was not passed by lawmakers.
  • SunPass will waive its late fees and penalties for accounts that have become delinquent during a longer-than-expected outage for its payment system. The prepaid toll system is still down after what was supposed to be a week of scheduled maintenance starting June 5. At the end of the week, the system did not work. Read: SunPass customers' bills not up-to-date despite website upgrade Since then, customers have not been able to add money to their accounts. Channel 9’s Racquel Asa reported the account problems depend on which toll roads drivers use. SunPass said it will publicly announce when the fees will resume as soon as the website is working again. NO SUNPASS LATE FEES: @FDOT_Secretary announcing @SunPass_FDOT will not charge late fees or penalties because of system issues. Customers have been asking for answers for the last couple of weeks. FULL STATEMENT: https://t.co/16OBhwnXaq @WFTV pic.twitter.com/ukciuvrqNk — Racquel Asa (@RAsaWFTV) June 21, 2018 Traffic Tracker: Track backups & delays in real time The issue has also been causing problems for E-Pass, which has not been able to post millions of transactions to SunPass accounts. As a result, drivers will likely have unposted tolls on their accounts regardless of whether they use SunPass or E-Pass. Read: SunPass maintenance issues now causing problems for E-Pass customers An E-Pass spokesperson told Channel 9 that SunPass hasn’t posted tolls from SR-538, Florida’ Turnpike, SR-417 in Seminole County, and SR-429 near Walt Disney World since June 1.  SunPass has also opened up a walk-in center at the West Oaks Mall to handle issues in person to help alleviate some of the volume on the website, app and at the call center. E-Pass customers who have questions about their account can call 1-800-353-7277 or visit the E-Pass Walk-in location at 762 S. Goldenrod Rd, Orlando, FL 32822. Download the free WFTV News & Weather apps Full statement from FDOT (released Thursday, June 21): Today, the Florida Department of Transportation announced that the Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) will not be collecting late fees or penalties as it continues the conversion to its new SunPass Combined Customer Service Center (CCSC).   Mike Dew, Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation said, “We are committed to holding our vendor accountable and ensuring that our new system ultimately provides a premier customer service experience. I share the frustrations with our customers over the rollout of CCSC and find it unacceptable. Today, we are announcing that we will not be imposing late fees or penalties on SunPass accounts until the system is providing the benefits and ease of access that our customers deserve and expect.”  The SunPass system has accumulated toll charges for customer accounts since the system maintenance period began on June 1. In the best interest of the customer, the posting of toll charges was withheld until the website and call center systems were operating more efficiently.   Is it important to note that the billing delay currently being experienced by SunPass will have no impact on the cost of tolls or our customers’ ability to travel on the system.    SunPass customers will continue to be charged tolls, however, and once the system has been thoroughly tested, FTE will announce a timeline for the resumption of fees or penalties for delinquent accounts.   SunPass will soon begin posting toll transactions. In order to better serve the customer and avoid unintended consequences, individual account charges will be posted gradually over a number of weeks.  
  • An Oregon Department of Transportation worker is on administrative leave after posting a comment to Facebook saying immigrants who try and cross illegally into the U.S. should be shot at the border. Lori McAllen’s post reads: ‘I personally think they should shoot them all at the border and call it good... it'll save us hardworking AMERICANS billions of dollars on our taxes!! ;)' Ironically, the header of her now deleted Facebook profile says “I don’t have room in my heart for drama, disrespect or hate...either love your life or make a change!’ Those who were outraged by her comment flooded ODOT with calls and on Thursday, the agency said it is investigating the matter. McAllen, who has worked for the DMV for almost a year, has been suspended until further notice. “An employee linked to an offensive Facebook post is on leave while we investigate. We take this matter very seriously and very personally,” ODOT said in a statement. “The comment doesn't reflect our agency values and is disturbing and hurtful. Thank you for your patience as we complete the investigation.” (Facebook) (Facebook) Many hope that McAllen is ultimately fired. “Administrative LEAVE? This hate filled racist wannabe MURDERER should have been fired IMMEDIATELY,” writes Angelique Smith. Alex Garcia says, “Why ODOT is having this horrible woman on vacations? Paying her time off, are you also planning to pay for a beach trip?”
  • It’s the first official weekend of the summer, and from Daytona to Downtown Orlando and everywhere between there are fun events for the entire family to enjoy. It’s icFlorida ‘Fun 3’ Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Laurel Lee talked through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. The icFlorida Fun 3: Daytona Beach Bandshell Summer Concert Series  The Daytona Beach Bandshell Summer Concert series takes place every Friday and Saturday night until September in the historic coquina amphitheater against the shore of Daytona Beach. There is a minimal charge for the Friday night Bandshell Summer Concert Series and the Saturday night concerts are free and include a free fireworks show at 9:45 pm!  Morimoto Asia hosts Pigs N’ Pints collaborative dining event Pigs N’ Pints, the second installment of Morimoto Asia's Guest Chef Series, will be a truly unique gastronomic event on Sunday, June 24th from 12 pm until 3pm featuring locally and nationally celebrated chefs from Morimoto Asia and The Polite Pig, both located at Disney Springs. The family affair will take over the entire second floor and outdoor patio at Morimoto Asia where an array of Pan-Asian and Southern-inspired dishes will shine a spotlight on a variety of Florida meat, produce and craft beers. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts From the moment Harry uses the Marauder's Map to when the Patronus Charm bursts from his wand, you'll be transported back into the world you love. Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling's classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen. icFlorida Weekend Events Forecast The weekend is here and it is going to be a hot and muggy one with intermittent showers, so make sure to grab an umbrella before you leave on your adventures.  3 More Fun Things: Mascot Games The 25th Annual Mascot Games, hosted by New Hope For Kids, returns to Amway Center on Saturday, June 23. Twenty-four of the best and most popular mascots from North America will join Orlando Magic’s STUFF, the event’s host mascot and recently honored as one of the best mascots in sports, for the annual competition.  Orlando City vs Impact de Montreal Since June 12th, 2016, our community has come together in many ways to support the victims of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub. Orlando City Soccer Club is proud to have played a part in the healing and support of our city. In honor and remembrance of the victims and in support of the community organizations that continue to assist those affected, we’re showing our Pride in our City during the June 23rd Orlando City match. $5 from each ticket purchased from the links below will be donated to the non-profit organization the purchaser selects, including the Contigo Fund, The Dru Project, One Orlando Alliance, onePULSE Foundation and the Zebra Coalition. Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando When the sun goes down, the night comes to life at SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean spectacular. Explore exotic worlds of light and music filled with glowing sea creatures, DJ entertainment, and a spectacular display of fireworks. Electric Ocean takes place on select dates until September 2, 2018. Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com.
  • Orlando will be joining cities across the country to protest the separation of children from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border. On Wednesday, President Trump reversed his policy, vowing to keep families together who try to illegally enter the country and are detained by security. But the organizer for Orlando’s ‘Families Belong Together’ event, UCF student Tatiana Aragon, says there’s still work to be done. “This executive order is stopping future children and children today from being separated from their families but it doesn’t do anything to reunite the families who have already been separated,” Aragon tells News 96.5 WDBO. “And as we’ve learned there’s over 2,000 children who have been separated in a little over a month’s time.” On Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m. there will be a demonstration held outside of Senator Marco Rubio’s downtown Orlando office. The Orlando protest will coincide with other events happening across the nation. “The primary thing to know is that this is a peaceful protest and it’s  nonpartisan because this is not about party. It’s a human rights issue.” Aragon is a Psychology major at the University of Central Florida and says the longer that children are apart from their families, the more likely there will be long-lasting affects. “I am the grandchild of immigrants. I know a lot of people who have a similar story and can just imagine what it must be like.” Organizers are asking citizens to call their representatives and ask for support for the Keep Families Together Act. You can find information on the Orlando event HERE.
  • Three Osceola County residents were arrested Thursday in connection with an extensive credit card skimming and fuel theft ring, the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement said.   Agricultural law enforcement officers said they arrested Vagda Menendez-Hernandez, 45, Yoel Torres, 44, and Osvel Aquino-Lopez, 48, for the possession and use of skimming devices and credit card re-encoders, which were used to steal financial information and manufacture counterfeit credit cards.   During the search of a Kissimmee home, investigators said they discovered three credit card skimming devices, 11 scanning devices, a card re-encoder, gas pump security seals and more than 50 counterfeit credit cards.   'The criminal enterprise used skimmers to produce counterfeit credit cards to illegally purchase fuel,' an agency spokesman said. 'The fuel was stored in 'bladder trucks,' which are vehicles retrofitted with concealed tanks to transport large amounts of gasoline to be sold on the black market.'   Investigators said they seized Torres' Ford F350, which was used to store the stolen fuel, and Menendez-Hernandez's Mercedes C-300, which was purchased with funds obtained through the criminal enterprise.   Aquino-Lopez, Menendez-Hernandez and Torres were booked into the Osceola County Jail on 11 counts of using a scanning device or skimming device to obtain payment card information, three counts of possession of a credit card skimming device, and one count each of using a re-encoder to place fraudulent credit card information on a counterfeit card, falsely making counterfeit credit card, falsely embossing a credit card, dealing in credit cards of another, possession of credit card-making equipment, credit card forgery and possession of 50 or more counterfeit credit cards.   Torres faces additional charges, including unlawful conveyance of fuel and two counts of obtaining fuel fraudulently.   The Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Secret Service task force assisted with the investigation.   No other details were given.
  • The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland released a bald eagle on Thursday after spending months rehabilitating the injured bird.   It is the 600th bald eagle the center has rehabilitated.   The one released Thursday was the 101st to be rescued this year.   The birds are not given names.    No. 101 was discovered in March. Arisara Rosendahl, who was a new intern at the time, took the call and drove to pick him up.    “He was leaning against the fence at Maitland Middle School and his beak was all bloody from puncture wounds,” she said.    His wings were nearly shredded, his chest was bruised and his talons were severely injured.    It was likely the result of a territorial fight with another bald eagle.    After weeks of medication and laser treatment to accelerate cell growth, he was ready for rehab, much like people.    Only instead of learning to walk again, he needed to learn to fly again.    The eagle was released behind Maitland middle school.    “He had to build up his muscle tone. Then he needed to build up stamina and some conditioning. I got to see him daily get a little stronger,” said Dianna Flynt, the supervisor of rehabilitation at the center.    Dr. Caitrine Helleenga was the veterinarian treating No. 101.    “A lot of times, the animals do not make it. They don’t survive. This is the first time I’ve actually been able to see an eagle released,” she said.    The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland has been open since 1979.    It's open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • A teen girl helped a blind, deaf man communicate on a recent Alaska Airlines flight, according to KIRO. Dianne McGinness with Alaska Airlines shared the heartwarming story after a passenger on the flight wrote a post this week about the interaction that was shared over 400,000 times. The passenger, Lynette Scribner, was traveling on the same flight as the teen and man, and was moved to write a post on the touching encounter.  >> Read more trending news  Scribner said the man, Tim Cook, was traveling home to Portland after visiting his sister. Cook lives at Portland's Brookdale Senior Living.  When passengers of the flight realized Cook was blind and deaf, many helped ensure he was comfortable. A man sitting next to Cook gave him the aisle seat and helped with little tasks like opening his coffee creamer and pouring it into his coffee, Scribner shared. A flight attendant made an announcement asking if a passenger on board knew American Sign Language. Fifteen-year-old Clara Daly, who has studied ASL for the last year, rang her call button. When Daly learned the man could communicate only if someone signed into his hand, she immediately went to help. Cook asked Daly questions and she patiently sign-spelled answers into his hand. Scribner said Daly learned ASL because she has dyslexia, and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn. “Clara was amazing,” an Alaska Airlines flight attendant said in the news release. “You could tell Tim was very excited to have someone he could speak to -- and she was such an angel.” “When (Cook) asked (Daly) if she was pretty, she blushed and laughed as the seat mate, who had learned a few signs, communicated an enthusiastic yes to Tim,” Scribner shared. “I don't know when I've ever seen so many people rally to take care of another human being. All of us in the immediate rows were laughing and smiling and enjoying his obvious delight in having someone to talk to.” After the flight, McGinness said Cook met a service provider from Brookdale Senior Living at the gate. Cook said the flight was the best trip he's ever taken. Daly told her mom she thought the encounter was 'meant to be,' since her original flight was canceled and she was redirected to Cook's flight. On Thursday, Scribner added a note on her beloved post: “We are all starving for good news and this was just what we needed.”
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Wueizman Leal, 41, after he allegedly shot and killed his 59-year-old mother Friday evening during an argument at a home near Winter Garden, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies were called shortly after 8:45 p.m. to a fight at a home on Bridgewater Crossings Boulevard near Ficquette and Winter Garden Vineland roads, Orange County Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said. When deputies arrived at the home, they heard people arguing followed by gunfire, Tejada-Monforte said. Investigators said they apprehended Leal while he was trying to leave the home. His mother, Tania Perez Creek , was shot multiple times, deputies said. She was taken to Florida Hospital Winter Garden where she later died from her injuries, deputies said. The man's stepfather was also at the home when the woman was shot, Tejada-Monforte said. The shooting remains under investigation.
  • Anthony Bourdain’s mother revealed that while she was “never really a fan” of her son’s tattoos, she plans to get one in his memory. Gladys Bourdain told the New York Times that she plans to get “Tony” tattooed in small letters on the inside of her wrist some time next week, and use his tattoo artist. >> Read more trending news  The 61-year-old chef and host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” was found dead on June 8 in a hotel room in France. Investigators say he hanged himself. On Friday, a prosecutor said Bourdain had no traces of drugs or alcohol in his system.  The famous chef had several tattoos, getting his first at 44. Bourdain told Maxim in August 2017 that each tattoo marks a significant moment in his life. “I don't overly place importance on them, but [tattoos] do commemorate in a way that photographs can't,” Bourdain said. “I stopped taking photographs a long time ago when I travel. There's this realization that the lens is inadequate to capture the moment, so maybe I'm just looking to mark time in another way that's very personal.” Gladys Bourdain said that a private ceremony will be held soon, adding, “He would want as little fuss as possible.” A Bourdain family spokesperson told the BBC the family has no plans for a public memorial at this time.
  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she and seven members of her family were kicked out of The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia on Friday night. TMZ first reported that the restaurant’s owner kicked out Sanders and her family out of “moral conviction.”  >> Read more trending news  A waiter posted on Facebook that Sanders was in the restaurant for “a total of two minutes” before being asked to leave. Sanders confirmed the incident on Twitter. “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” Sanders tweeted Saturday. “Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.” Sanders’ father, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, tweeted his support, saying it was an act of “bigotry.” The Red Hen’s Facebook and Yelp pages were bombarded with reviews from people from both sides. While some praised the restaurant, many others said the owner was being “intolerant.” This comes after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen bolted from a Washington, D.C. Mexican restaurant after protesters confronted her at her table -- with the blessing of the manager.
  • Police in Pittsburgh are searching for the driver of a dark sedan who drove through a crowd of protesters on Friday night.  Officials told WPXI no one was hurt.  This happened during the third straight night of protests related to the police shooting death of Antwon Rose, 17, who was killed during a traffic stop earlier in the week. >>Read: Protesters gather in Pittsburgh for third straight night The car plowed into the crowd near PNC Park, where fans were leaving a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. >>Read: LIVE UPDATES: Car drives through crowd of protesters at PNC Park One person at the scene Friday night tweeted, “Someone tried to drive through us, police responded in riot gear.” Allegheny County police officials said that Rose was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in East Pittsburgh Tuesday night, because it fit the description of a car seen fleeing the area of a shooting in the nearby borough of North Braddock.  As an officer handcuffed the driver of the car, which investigators said had bullet damage to the back window, Rose and a second passenger got out of the car and ran.  Rose, who police officials said was shot three times, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Police are now investigating reports that Rose may have fired a weapon during a drive-by shooting before his death, and he had gun powder residue on his hands. In a statement to WPXI, Coleman McDonough, Allegheny County Police superintendent, stated that those claims are “false.” “While ACPD does have a video showing the North Braddock incident, that video does NOT show Antwon Rose firing a gun. The information about gunshot residue is also false. Crime Lab reports are still pending and have not yet been issued,” McDonough said. The East Pittsburgh police officer who fatally shot Rose has been identified as Michael Rosfeld. >>Read: Officer was sworn in hours before killing unarmed teen, mayor says He was sworn into the department just hours before the shooting, but has worked for several police forces, including the University of Pittsburgh. No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.